Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL) is a co-sponsor of H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which passed the House today. This act would require Congressional approval of major administrative regulations, and create a process for expedited congressional consideration of these regulations.
"Major regulations created by administrative agencies, such as EPA, impose large costs on the economy, and often go beyond what Congress intended," Palmer said. "Many of these regulations would never pass if subject to the democratic process. By increasing Congressional input, the REINS Act is a good step toward correcting this problem and lessening the costs these expensive regulations place on the backs of working class Americans."
The REINS Act defines a major regulation as one which has: An annual economic effect of $100 million or more, would create a major increase in the costs or prices for consumers, industries, regions or government agencies, or that would have a significant negative effect on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation or competitiveness with foreign enterprises in the U.S. or abroad. An average of 82 major regulations are promulgated each year. The act creates an expedited process for Congress to consider these regulations by limiting debate in Congress and allows for expedited procedure in the Senate.
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